And the Winner Is...

December 3, 2014 5:48 PM

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Reality singing competitions are great opportunities for songwriters. After all, whoever wins is going to need an album's worth of material. But I have conflicting feelings about these shows. To me, they seem like an unlikely environment in which to birth a holistic star. With so much weight placed on vocal pyrotechnics, money notes, and vibrato, sometimes I wonder if back in the day Tom Petty or Carole King would have made it through the first week. And, may I ask, where do all the winners go?

That said, occasionally a star is born. Kelly Clarkson was the first American Idol. And therefore the Queen, if you will. Clearly, Kelly was, (and still is), the real deal. Great chops, auto tune unnecessary, and although she only co-wrote three songs on her first album she eased her way into contri...

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